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Josef Gitschthaler653Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche Weihnachten Shopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0046 
Slooh136,640*Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from Australia* Slooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time view of the *Annular Solar Eclipse* from Australia.  Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, May 9th starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over Australia on its way to eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and finally over the Pacific Ocean. *Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.* The Slooh broadcast team, along with Bob Berman, author of numerous astronomy books, and contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, will provide live commentary.  As a special treat, Slooh will broadcast an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world. *Download the free Slooh iPad App:* www.appstore.com/slooh *Slooh Annular Eclipse Video:* http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY #solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  Slooh's Coverage of Annular Solar Eclipse2013-05-09 23:30:00359 

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Random Art5642015-03-02 10:53:37307000
Vinod Kalathil9,526My Morning Circle - February 2015 EditionAs many of you know I started this rolling circle of photographers whom I reshared in the last 12 months. I have learned so much from these photographers and it has helped me come a long way. Here are some of my favorites from February 2015.A beautiful winterscape from +Nicole Botembe https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/YYY47ijATYfAn ethereal scene from +Susanne Barczyk https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/WjTFc26sBgKA beautiful sunset from +Howard Grill https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/h2ZPMKTVZdzIf you get a notification, you are in this circle. To stay in the circle, you don’t need to do anything other than keep posting beautiful shots! However, any plusses and reshares will be most appreciated to spread the word. If you add the people in this circle, you can be rest assured that you will discover some great talent. If you do not want to be a part of this circle, please send me a personal message and I will remove you from this and future circles.2015-03-01 16:22:5929922727
Lexidh Solstad29,791February engagers circle! These are (most of) the people who commented on my posts in February! Thank you for making it even more fun to be here on Google+ =)  #circleshare   #engagers   #appreciationcircle   #february  2015-03-01 14:34:15157102
Rok Šimec33,177This circle contains people who are very active on Google+. These are people who will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you.2015-02-27 20:04:1349213621
AyJay Schibig86,473ALL KINDS CIRCLE  2.18.15  by +AyJay Schibig Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to give some variety to your circles!  Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2015-02-19 04:56:22500424953
steph wanamaker112,626#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2015-02-13 17:59:3220547252
Gailen Mapes78,631Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-02-11 11:28:23173100
steph wanamaker111,805#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2015-01-23 18:05:3322064453
Circles Circles Circles49,036SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/fVX5bZPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/GNkGJhPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/s9RkeEMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/W8VDbBPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/5mr38oOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/9c5A3XSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/4UAeINTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/whvLzNG+ Pages: http://goo.gl/jNZdWf#circleshare   2015-01-22 16:19:121067218
Bettina M.671This circle contains wounderful people who really are interesting and active on Google+.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!My favorite Communities:Canary and friendsMoments of Art#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #news #update #birds 2015-01-21 20:14:12413229
steph wanamaker111,441#followfriday  Here is my awesome  men who comment circle 2015-01-16 16:20:1121957458
Gailen Mapes75,138Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-11 12:18:06173000
Review Car Models0BEST CIRCLE 10 JANUARY 2015------------------------------------------------                BEST Circle Share By Review Car Models                          New Year Share and Be Shared                    If you want to be shared in this circle                          Boost your visibility on Google+                 Watch entertainment video                    FULL Car Models                                   Car PICTURE                2015 Car VIDEO                   Share the circle! GET MORE QUICKLY CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER ON GOOGLE+HERE'S OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLE------------------------------------------------Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!,Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 Include me in your circles2 Click add people and create your circle3 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.-------------------------------------------------FOLLOW ME TO GET MORE CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER HERE http://goo.gl/k1HNfE-------------------------------------------------    #Automotive    #Cars    #Ford    #BMW    #Toyota    #Audi    #Ferrari    #Vehicle    #Honda    #UsedCars    #Auto    #AutoRepair    #Lamborghini    #Chevrolet    #Driving    #ClassicCars    #Nissan    #CES2015    2015-01-09 21:41:24500000
Frank Gainsford53,086A circle of people who either post or share stuff that is about science 2015-01-09 10:11:403392513
Ryan Johnson22,911This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare  #sri_lanka #colombo #australia #adelaide #australia #cairns #australia #darwin #australia #hobart #new_zealand #auckland #new_zealand #wellington #papua_new_guinea #papua_new_guinea #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday 2015-01-09 09:58:40478114
Dirk Müller20,299Circle, circle in the stream, who are my most engagers these daysThis is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-)#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #topengagers #awesomepeople2015-01-09 09:00:1549910118
John Cleese9,799Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:184945711
Jan Havrda44,066*Zombie Attack!*Grab this circle in case of the emergency. This is an essential group of people you need for a fight with bloody enemies of any kind. Even immortals.This is *Not-A-Zombie* circle made of meatpopsicles. #NotAZombieCircle   #NotAZombie   #Circle   #Not   #A   #Zombie  2014-12-27 23:35:094068229119
John Hannah8,729Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #Ohio  #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle  #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle  #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing #wisata #WisataIndonesia #Travel #IndonesiaOnly #Liburan #TOUR #Indonesia #Bali #WisataBandung #Paket #Pulau #FotoKita #PROMO #Pantai #Jogja #Bandung #Yogyakarta #WisataLombok #BOGOR #Jakarta 2014-12-26 10:57:45494241838
Cableicous3,424Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for the 16th circle of #Cableicous  contributors.And a new cirlce begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-12-26 01:16:0199000
Alessandro Folghera55,894TOP VIP SEO Circle #TopSEOSharedCircle #sharedcircle #SEO  #SEOMonsters  #SEOMasters #SearchEngineOptimization  Join me on:Linkedin : http://it.linkedin.com/pub/dir/alessandro/folgheraTwitter : https://twitter.com/folgheraFacebook : https://www.facebook.com/afolgheraFoursquare : https://it.foursquare.com/folgheraPinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/folghera/Instagram : http://instagram.com/folghera/To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - Engage me2 - do +1 t the post3 - comment the post and give me the category you would prefer to belong (marketing, seo, photography, fashion ...)4 - include the circle among your circles5 - share the circle (include yourself)#SEO   #circleoftheday   #myseoissocial #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday   #afo   #folghera         #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback 2014-12-21 08:43:39501251938
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500639
steph wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221166266
Gailen Mapes73,436Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-11 11:51:41177229
Serkan Mutan3,573"My Special Circle" 1. Add me to your circles ,if you haven’t done already2. Plus & share this circle in public3. Leave a comment ! warm regards....*☆´¨)  . ¸.•´ ¸.•*´¨) Special Circle (.¸.•´ (¸.•`☆*+Abdul Rahman Mohammed +Aheste Beste +Allan Raymundo +Andrew Smith +angelic labru +Adevarata Romanca +Ahmet Bogush +Andreas Bradtke +Andrey Bogdanov +Angelika Wicke +Bernd Flicker +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Artem Kashkovskiy +Basia Schwartz +Beena Limaye +Bernd Hau +Birgit Backlund-Palander +Cyrelle K. +2014-12-07 21:03:46417457
steph wanamaker110,550#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle! hoop em up and your stream will be perfect!#circleshare2014-12-05 17:06:0120851261
steph wanamaker110,421#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!  circle them up and your stream will be perfect !2014-11-28 17:04:4720324026
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov2,751SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FRIENDS : Circle V.1.11. Link to my own scientific research topic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212005/  To be included in future circle-editions, please ENGAGE: add me to your own circles/+1/re-share/comment on the original circle-post, or on some of the other science-related posts on my wall (this is needed since the number of people that could be circled is limited from Google – and therefore I am forced to keep included just the most active users). Currently featured science-related GOOGLE PLUS post:https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/8LU6LVz75jxI would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #nutrition    #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology    #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   #artists   #foodies   #cars   2014-11-27 06:30:22451433271
John Nuntiatio52,421#newcircle #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-11-26 11:45:13257012
Amaresh Singh11Circle Of the DayTo be considered for this circle, please:1- Share this circle in your stream.2- Ask to be included in the comments section of the original post.3- Make sure you've added our page to your circles.4- You must post your own original work in your stream.2014-11-21 09:58:32238231124
Circles Circles Circles45,721SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles   Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/pOzhN7Published Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/mlXh9WPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/DgeQIAMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/hhJPlSPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/Ik2RfOOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/Ahy2X9SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/pzaC4yTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/a1jWG6G+ Pages: http://goo.gl/9v2o43        #sciencecircle   #circleshare   #sharingcircles  2014-11-19 18:04:35106205
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,950SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.8; maintained by +Atanas Georgiev Atanasov  ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   2014-11-17 05:24:2236226837
Serkan Mutan2,680My gOOOOgle Friends....#teamcircleshare #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle 2014-11-14 15:13:264955517
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,633SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.7; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   #cars2014-11-13 05:47:40346101
Gailen Mapes71,115Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera 5 - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-11 11:53:11177003
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,550SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.6; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   2014-11-10 06:22:16330123
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Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,054Science and Technology Circle 2014 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA   #Space #Innovation   #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists 2014-11-02 08:37:19453526
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2015-02-21 12:39:40 (108 comments, 57 reshares, 923 +1s)Open 

I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE
(Terry Pratchett, Sourcery )

Another #Caturday has rolled around. The weather is not nice enough today for me to do any photos. It was lovely on Friday, but of course, I had work (which is good) and couldn't take advantage of the nice weather. Maybe tomorrow will be better for outdoor photos. If not, I'll just have to drink a cuppa tea and come up with some new macro ideas. 

What's your plan for the weekend? Anything interesting going on? Ideas or recommendations for me?

Have a great weekend!

photo: Ginger in my office window a few of weeks ago, while we still had snow everywhere. Only tiny patches of ice are left now.  

Most reshares: 60

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2015-02-06 00:14:57 (68 comments, 60 reshares, 1436 +1s)Open 

Månen og apalen
Moon and Apple   

Når apalen blomster
When the apple blooms
kommer ofte månen som en blomst,
the moon often comes like a blossom,
blekere enn dem alle
paler than all
og lyser over treet.
and shining above the tree.

Det er den døde sommeren,
She is the ghost of summer,
den hvite søsteren til blomstene som kommer igjen
the white sisters of blossoms returning
for å se til oss
to visit us
og lyse fred med sine hender,
and shine peace with her hands
at det ikke skall kjennes tungt når ilden kommer.
so that we shall not know sorrow when the fire comes

For Jorden selv er en blomst, sier den,
For the Earth itself is a blossom, she says,
på stjernenes tre,
Upon the star tree
blek og med blad
pale and with leaves
av lysende hav.
ofshining s... more »

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2015-02-06 00:14:57 (68 comments, 60 reshares, 1436 +1s)Open 

Månen og apalen
Moon and Apple   

Når apalen blomster
When the apple blooms
kommer ofte månen som en blomst,
the moon often comes like a blossom,
blekere enn dem alle
paler than all
og lyser over treet.
and shining above the tree.

Det er den døde sommeren,
She is the ghost of summer,
den hvite søsteren til blomstene som kommer igjen
the white sisters of blossoms returning
for å se til oss
to visit us
og lyse fred med sine hender,
and shine peace with her hands
at det ikke skall kjennes tungt når ilden kommer.
so that we shall not know sorrow when the fire comes

For Jorden selv er en blomst, sier den,
For the Earth itself is a blossom, she says,
på stjernenes tre,
Upon the star tree
blek og med blad
pale and with leaves
av lysende hav.
ofshining s... more »

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2015-03-05 00:03:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Seeing the Watcher

What use is care? What good is watching for that matter? People are forever watching things. They should be seeing. I see the things I look at. I am a see-er.
(Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear)

I guess I need a longer lens to sneak up on birds. They always seem aware of my attention. I suppose they are used to people passing by without really noticing them; people strolling after dinner,  people talking to each other, people walking their dogs, people going places. How often does someone one stop, listen and look?

On another note: I can highly recommend Patrick Rothfuss' writing.

The Name of the Wind was his brilliant debut.,

The Wise Man's Fear is the second in a yet to be completed trilogy. I suspect he will be faster than GRR Martin concludes his epic.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a... more »

Seeing the Watcher

What use is care? What good is watching for that matter? People are forever watching things. They should be seeing. I see the things I look at. I am a see-er.
(Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear)

I guess I need a longer lens to sneak up on birds. They always seem aware of my attention. I suppose they are used to people passing by without really noticing them; people strolling after dinner,  people talking to each other, people walking their dogs, people going places. How often does someone one stop, listen and look?

On another note: I can highly recommend Patrick Rothfuss' writing.

The Name of the Wind was his brilliant debut.,

The Wise Man's Fear is the second in a yet to be completed trilogy. I suspect he will be faster than GRR Martin concludes his epic.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a beautiful novella from the perspective of Auri, one of his characters from the other two books. It's haunting, sad and insightful. A tale for the broken.  

more here: http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/content/books.asp ___

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2015-03-04 07:44:34 (42 comments, 5 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Lucky little ladybird = lucky day

Yesterday when I came home, I saw no one had gotten the paper or the mail. I also saw that the little maple we have in a planter could use a bit of water, so I left the door open a few minutes and got a bucketful. When I closed the door, a tiny spot of color on the white wall in the hallway caught my eye. Yes, this little ladybird. I've never seen one this early in the year.

By the time I got back with a glass and a piece of paper to transfer it downstairs to my office, she had managed to get caught in a tiny cobweb that I hadn't even noticed. The ladybird knew about spiderwebs and started pumping out some noxious yellow gunk, which I have read is a defense against predators. Anyway, I got her out safely and took her down to my office, so I could try to get some shots with the macro.

The photo you see was the last one I got.... more »

Lucky little ladybird = lucky day

Yesterday when I came home, I saw no one had gotten the paper or the mail. I also saw that the little maple we have in a planter could use a bit of water, so I left the door open a few minutes and got a bucketful. When I closed the door, a tiny spot of color on the white wall in the hallway caught my eye. Yes, this little ladybird. I've never seen one this early in the year.

By the time I got back with a glass and a piece of paper to transfer it downstairs to my office, she had managed to get caught in a tiny cobweb that I hadn't even noticed. The ladybird knew about spiderwebs and started pumping out some noxious yellow gunk, which I have read is a defense against predators. Anyway, I got her out safely and took her down to my office, so I could try to get some shots with the macro.

The photo you see was the last one I got. The Ladybird was walking around on my desk and found a small, green-handled screwdriver to climb up on. I took quite a few photos and was lucky enough to get the moment she flicked her wings out before taking off and flying out the window. Hopefully, she'll lay eggs on one of my cherries or the apple tree. Ladybirds are fantastic at controlling pests.

Have an extra portion of good luck this Wednesday courtesy of my pretty visitor!


photo: shot with a +4 close up lens on an EF 100mm macro on my 7D mk ii. I cropped a section of the original into a 4k size, color balanced and added some clarity and noise reduction. the image here was downsized to 1920x1080 for GPlus. It's actually quite striking in Black and White too. ___

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2015-03-03 08:06:29 (27 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Take one if you need it

Keeping it short today: a few folks in my circles sound like they could use a bit of a lift.


photo: test I did with a macro using a post card. 

Take one if you need it

Keeping it short today: a few folks in my circles sound like they could use a bit of a lift.


photo: test I did with a macro using a post card. ___

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2015-03-02 23:12:55 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Since I've seen tons of post on that dress (No, not Monica Lewinsky's although in UV it would be interesting)  and a few posts showing a spectrum test, here's a suggestion if you want to try your color accuracy.  
0 (Null) is the best score possible. My result was 3. I was slightly deficient in a particular exercise in a blue-green part of the spectrum.

Let me know how you do and where you have challenges (if any). 

Since I've seen tons of post on that dress (No, not Monica Lewinsky's although in UV it would be interesting)  and a few posts showing a spectrum test, here's a suggestion if you want to try your color accuracy.  
0 (Null) is the best score possible. My result was 3. I was slightly deficient in a particular exercise in a blue-green part of the spectrum.

Let me know how you do and where you have challenges (if any). ___

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2015-03-02 07:43:13 (31 comments, 4 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Herald of Spring

Spring's banner is a crocus at my house. The first reliable sign that Winter is retreating to the far North has shown it's face this weekend. That and the noticeably longer days do wonders for my mood: even on a Monday and even when it is grey and drizzling.

I hope your week gets off to a great start!

Herald of Spring

Spring's banner is a crocus at my house. The first reliable sign that Winter is retreating to the far North has shown it's face this weekend. That and the noticeably longer days do wonders for my mood: even on a Monday and even when it is grey and drizzling.

I hope your week gets off to a great start!___

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2015-03-01 10:38:32 (24 comments, 4 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Get off of my cloud

Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Don't hang around 'cause two's a crowd
(Rolling Stones)

This was the other decent shot I got of the Common Buzzard (DE: Mäusebussard ; LAT:  Buteo buteo ). I was tracking them for several hours and several kilometers through the fields, mush, slush, ice and snow, but it was worth it to see them wheel in the sky. This one decided I was worth a closer look. 

As for this weekend, Saturday started with a sleep deficit. Then it was Ikea hell. The place was overflowing. Scout's honor we had at least 100 m of lines to the cash registers. It was incredibly hard to even move to the rows where they had the stock.

IF I were to rewrite Dante's Inferno the people in charge of Ikea's labyrinth would be roasting in the 6th circle or thereabouts. Oh, I'm sure their strategy pays offat... more »

Get off of my cloud

Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Don't hang around 'cause two's a crowd
(Rolling Stones)

This was the other decent shot I got of the Common Buzzard (DE: Mäusebussard ; LAT:  Buteo buteo ). I was tracking them for several hours and several kilometers through the fields, mush, slush, ice and snow, but it was worth it to see them wheel in the sky. This one decided I was worth a closer look. 

As for this weekend, Saturday started with a sleep deficit. Then it was Ikea hell. The place was overflowing. Scout's honor we had at least 100 m of lines to the cash registers. It was incredibly hard to even move to the rows where they had the stock.

IF I were to rewrite Dante's Inferno the people in charge of Ikea's labyrinth would be roasting in the 6th circle or thereabouts. Oh, I'm sure their strategy pays off at the cash register. My wife enjoys wandering through the place, but all I want to do is get the effin' shelves and get out of there. I will say that the kjöttbullar and lingonberries took a bit of the edge off of the ordeal, but considering we went in at 11 something and only finally got out at 16 something, it was more than enough for me.

On the upside, the repair work in our downstairs pantry is finally done. [long story, but we had flood damage 2 summers ago that insurance wouldn't cover, so I've been doing room by room repairs] Friday was replace the old refrigerator (from 1991) with a new energy efficient model, which I hope will show up on the electric bill soon. Saturday was Ikea and get the shelves up. Today is leave me alone day. :-)

I'll be kicking back and doing some world-class goofing off today.

I hope you have a great Sunday and thanks for reading this far!___

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2015-02-27 09:25:51 (25 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Free Friday

Good news: I have the day off today.
Bad news: it's raining snow. that's the best way I know to describe it. Grey, cool, wet, blehhhh.

Ok, not really bad news, because there are a ton of things I can do, esp. read or possibly write if I screw up the courage to face myself and deal with my inadequacies as writer, by "just doing it". Sometimes that's the only way to grow, but I do take the easy way and avoid challenges sometimes.

I hope you're having a good Friday! I send greetings from this blue and gold horse I photographed earlier in February on a nicer day than today. :-)

Photo: Straight out of the camera except for cropping to a smaller size (still 4K) for posting. This is what it looks like on an overcast day.  What?! you don't see blue and gold? tsk, tsk. off to the local dress shop with you or to a green... more »

Free Friday

Good news: I have the day off today.
Bad news: it's raining snow. that's the best way I know to describe it. Grey, cool, wet, blehhhh.

Ok, not really bad news, because there are a ton of things I can do, esp. read or possibly write if I screw up the courage to face myself and deal with my inadequacies as writer, by "just doing it". Sometimes that's the only way to grow, but I do take the easy way and avoid challenges sometimes.

I hope you're having a good Friday! I send greetings from this blue and gold horse I photographed earlier in February on a nicer day than today. :-)

Photo: Straight out of the camera except for cropping to a smaller size (still 4K) for posting. This is what it looks like on an overcast day.  What?! you don't see blue and gold? tsk, tsk. off to the local dress shop with you or to a green grocer to get a bunch of carrots, because your eyes need the vitamins. :-)

thanks for reading this far and thanks too for the laughs. I've seem quite a few funny posts about that horrible dress. ___

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2015-02-26 00:56:00 (13 comments, 10 reshares, 207 +1s)Open 

Empty with nothing but dreams

Sometimes there's things a man cannot know
There's no place to run and no gasoline
In a world gone shallow
In a world gone lean

Where the lights don't move and the colors don't fade
Leaves you empty with nothing but dreams
I will stay with you tonight
I've been waiting all my life
To feel your heart as it's keeping time

There is a truth
The way I feel is the way I write
Dawn is coming, Open your eyes

Some lines in a new order from the lyrics of Stay Alive (Ryan Adams, Theodore Shapiro). It's a song that really resonates with me. I first encountered the song as performed by José González in the soundtrack of the Walter Mitty film, which impressed me with incredible vistas (Greenland, Iceland, Himalayas).  If only I could express myself half as well asAd... more »

Empty with nothing but dreams

Sometimes there's things a man cannot know
There's no place to run and no gasoline
In a world gone shallow
In a world gone lean

Where the lights don't move and the colors don't fade
Leaves you empty with nothing but dreams
I will stay with you tonight
I've been waiting all my life
To feel your heart as it's keeping time

There is a truth
The way I feel is the way I write
Dawn is coming, Open your eyes

Some lines in a new order from the lyrics of Stay Alive (Ryan Adams, Theodore Shapiro). It's a song that really resonates with me. I first encountered the song as performed by José González in the soundtrack of the Walter Mitty film, which impressed me with incredible vistas (Greenland, Iceland, Himalayas).  If only I could express myself half as well as Adams/Shapiro did. 

My sleep cycle is off at the moment, thus a very early Thorsday post in the wee hours. I hope you have a great day!

Photo: Dawn on Fuertaventura (2013)___

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2015-02-25 00:40:55 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Basking in the light

I'm a lover of light, but to appreciate it, I need shadows and colors. Light can be subtle or it can be dramatic. Both can be quite pleasing if you're lucky enough to catch a good moment.

While I was in the fields this past weekend watching for raptors, the clouds started rolling in. What had started as a clear morning rapidly became overcast. There were some exceptional views though as clouds slid past each other and partially blocked the sunlight.

Nature sometimes provides unexpected inspiration. 

Photo: it would have been better on a full format camera, but you use what you have. mine is a crop with great tracking, which is ideal for trying to birds in flight, but I think it did a decent job on the sky too. 

Basking in the light

I'm a lover of light, but to appreciate it, I need shadows and colors. Light can be subtle or it can be dramatic. Both can be quite pleasing if you're lucky enough to catch a good moment.

While I was in the fields this past weekend watching for raptors, the clouds started rolling in. What had started as a clear morning rapidly became overcast. There were some exceptional views though as clouds slid past each other and partially blocked the sunlight.

Nature sometimes provides unexpected inspiration. 

Photo: it would have been better on a full format camera, but you use what you have. mine is a crop with great tracking, which is ideal for trying to birds in flight, but I think it did a decent job on the sky too. ___

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2015-02-24 08:03:15 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

An Understanding

Unspoken, unbidden
Into her realm I press forward

Halt! By what right dare you enter here?

We are kin you and I
You sit above the world
See and remember all
Yet I know, I know your secret
I too can see far and wide
past and present
See what you are
What you were
What you wish to be
Yes, yes I dare enter here

Two of a feather you and I
Let us make peace on this day
Dark and light
Scratch the surface
Far deeper are the depths of grey 

Photo

I believe this is a "Rabenkrähe" (aka "Feldrabe", Carrion Crow or corvus corone ) Best viewed full size. :-)

The all-black carrion crow is one of the cleverest, most adaptable of our birds. It is often quite fearless, although it can be wary of man. They are fairly solitary,u... more »

An Understanding

Unspoken, unbidden
Into her realm I press forward

Halt! By what right dare you enter here?

We are kin you and I
You sit above the world
See and remember all
Yet I know, I know your secret
I too can see far and wide
past and present
See what you are
What you were
What you wish to be
Yes, yes I dare enter here

Two of a feather you and I
Let us make peace on this day
Dark and light
Scratch the surface
Far deeper are the depths of grey 

Photo

I believe this is a "Rabenkrähe" (aka "Feldrabe", Carrion Crow or corvus corone ) Best viewed full size. :-)

The all-black carrion crow is one of the cleverest, most adaptable of our birds. It is often quite fearless, although it can be wary of man. They are fairly solitary, usually found alone or in pairs.  (ww.rspb.org.uk)


English language information (German at the end of the post):
http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/bird-guide/carrion-crow.asp

http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/name/c/carrioncrow/


German links
http://www.jagd.bz/voegelkunde/rabenkraehe/

https://www.staff.uni-giessen.de/~gf1299/raben/rabe1_01.htm___

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2015-02-23 08:10:33 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Pursuing a raptor

TL;DR

Part 1: raptor description
Part 2: photographer's ramble
Part 3: Have a great start to the week!

Part 1: Raptor in Question 

I believe this to be a buteo buteo or Common buzzard (Mäusebussard) 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_buzzard
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A4usebussard  (the German has more information)



Part 2: Photographer's rambles

I spent several hours watching 5 raptors, but it was quite difficult to get close. I walked somewhere around 3.5 km (a bit over 2 miles) through mud, snow, over ice patches, fields and even on pavement trying to get where they were or where they seemed to be going.

Even then, much of the time it looked like I would only be able to observe them pivoting high in the sky as tiny specks most peopledid... more »

Pursuing a raptor

TL;DR

Part 1: raptor description
Part 2: photographer's ramble
Part 3: Have a great start to the week!

Part 1: Raptor in Question 

I believe this to be a buteo buteo or Common buzzard (Mäusebussard) 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_buzzard
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A4usebussard  (the German has more information)



Part 2: Photographer's rambles

I spent several hours watching 5 raptors, but it was quite difficult to get close. I walked somewhere around 3.5 km (a bit over 2 miles) through mud, snow, over ice patches, fields and even on pavement trying to get where they were or where they seemed to be going.

Even then, much of the time it looked like I would only be able to observe them pivoting high in the sky as tiny specks most people didn't even notice. It was quite interesting to see them tumbling with each other and also being harassed by crows or ravens. I had no idea crows/ravens would engage in aerial dogfights with raptors at those heights. I had only seen it near trees at low altitudes.

With my fingers numb and the battery in the camera down to one bar (out of 4), I had a lucky break. They started spiraling down near where I was tracking them from. As you can see, I got lucky that one came reasonably close, but the light was at a bad angle and I had to shoot fast to try and stop the motion (I panned too). 

What I'm sharing with you shows a cropped area as shot. You can also see what it looks like after processing to show the plumage.

Why share such a crappy shot? I thought it could be interesting to see reality vs. final product. This is an extreme case for me, but there wasn't much to work with. I will keep trying and will eventually capture a good shot

A feeling for scale: I shot this on a Canon 7DMkii, which has a crop factor of 1.6x. The lens was zoomed to 400mm, which makes this a 640mm equivalent on full frame. The actual image shot was 5472*3648, but I only am sharing a crop of 1920*1080 with you (~35% of the original image).

Depending on which measure you use, the human eyes perceive a field of view roughly equivalent to 43 mm on a full frame camera. 640 mm / 43 mm = 14.8. Thus my original is using a narrower field of view and zoomed about 15x. When I crop in to only one third of the image to share this with you then I'm pretending to be zoomed in about 3*15 = 45x. This is not completely accurate, but it may give a general idea.

Regardless of the photos, I had a great time being outside and observing the birds, watching them wheel and listening to their cries.

Part 3: The end is near!

Thanks for your patience with the long post. I hope you have a wonderful start to the week!___

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2015-02-21 12:39:40 (108 comments, 57 reshares, 923 +1s)Open 

I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE
(Terry Pratchett, Sourcery )

Another #Caturday has rolled around. The weather is not nice enough today for me to do any photos. It was lovely on Friday, but of course, I had work (which is good) and couldn't take advantage of the nice weather. Maybe tomorrow will be better for outdoor photos. If not, I'll just have to drink a cuppa tea and come up with some new macro ideas. 

What's your plan for the weekend? Anything interesting going on? Ideas or recommendations for me?

Have a great weekend!

photo: Ginger in my office window a few of weeks ago, while we still had snow everywhere. Only tiny patches of ice are left now.  

I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE
(Terry Pratchett, Sourcery )

Another #Caturday has rolled around. The weather is not nice enough today for me to do any photos. It was lovely on Friday, but of course, I had work (which is good) and couldn't take advantage of the nice weather. Maybe tomorrow will be better for outdoor photos. If not, I'll just have to drink a cuppa tea and come up with some new macro ideas. 

What's your plan for the weekend? Anything interesting going on? Ideas or recommendations for me?

Have a great weekend!

photo: Ginger in my office window a few of weeks ago, while we still had snow everywhere. Only tiny patches of ice are left now.  ___

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2015-02-20 08:19:24 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

The wars of kites and crows

Apologies to Milton, who wrote on that subject in a different context and in a dismissive tone given his actual subject:

Such bickerings to recount, met often in these our writers, what more worth is it than to chronicle the wars of kites or crows flocking and fighting in the air? (Milton, The History of England, Book IV )

As some of you may recall, I had a busy photo day last Sunday. One of the things I tried was to find my raptor friends. Sure enough there were a few out in the general area, but try as I might, I couldn't get close enough to get good pixels on them. Still, it was rewarding, as I saw and heard them, esp. when they were being mobbed by crows. Oh, I also saw a murder of crows (isn't that a great name for a flock?!) in a field.

Like all birds of prey, kites are often seen being mobbed by members of the... more »

The wars of kites and crows

Apologies to Milton, who wrote on that subject in a different context and in a dismissive tone given his actual subject:

Such bickerings to recount, met often in these our writers, what more worth is it than to chronicle the wars of kites or crows flocking and fighting in the air? (Milton, The History of England, Book IV )

As some of you may recall, I had a busy photo day last Sunday. One of the things I tried was to find my raptor friends. Sure enough there were a few out in the general area, but try as I might, I couldn't get close enough to get good pixels on them. Still, it was rewarding, as I saw and heard them, esp. when they were being mobbed by crows. Oh, I also saw a murder of crows (isn't that a great name for a flock?!) in a field.

Like all birds of prey, kites are often seen being mobbed by members of the corvid family such as crows, jackdaws, magpies, etc. There are various reasons for this: the kite may be seen as a threat to the young crows, etc.; perhaps mobbing is educational, teaching the younger birds that the kite is seen as a threat or they could be attempting to steal food from the Kite. The kite will usually ignore the mobbing for a short while, and move away from the area. Their patience does wear thin however, and they will often be seen turning and showing their talons to the smaller birds, which is usually sufficient warning for the mobbing to cease.  (see: http://www.redkites.net/section72403_50285.html) 

It's Friday, which means with a little luck, esp. weather-wise, I'll have two days to look forward to trying to get photos of kites or kestrels. That gets my spirits up for today.

Have a great Friday and get ready for a great weekend! ___

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2015-02-19 08:18:10 (34 comments, 3 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

A flower in the winter

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, and the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.  (Wassily Kandinsky)

In a few weeks we'll have real flowers, but I decided to make my own using the colored pencils available to me. I also wanted to write a bit about colors, but there is no "a bit". It's a subject that once you start on it, you can easily wind up going down a proverbial rabbit hole.

Colors are complex and the more you look into them, the more aspects there are to consider. Scratching the surface there are : light, reflection, absorption, additive colors, subtractive colors, primaries, complimentaries, retinal perception, neural processing, trichromes and tetrachromes, etc.. Then there are color theories from various... more »

A flower in the winter

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, and the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.  (Wassily Kandinsky)

In a few weeks we'll have real flowers, but I decided to make my own using the colored pencils available to me. I also wanted to write a bit about colors, but there is no "a bit". It's a subject that once you start on it, you can easily wind up going down a proverbial rabbit hole.

Colors are complex and the more you look into them, the more aspects there are to consider. Scratching the surface there are : light, reflection, absorption, additive colors, subtractive colors, primaries, complimentaries, retinal perception, neural processing, trichromes and tetrachromes, etc.. Then there are color theories from various artists. You could easily spend days reading about color; it's absolutely fascinating.

Or you could simply enjoy some colors right now. 

If you do have some thoughts, perhaps emotions or reactions to particular colors, I'd love to hear about them.

In the meantime, don't worry about coloring between the lines. 
Have a great #thorsday  ! ___

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2015-02-18 07:04:47 (38 comments, 7 reshares, 161 +1s)Open 

Perspective

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.  (Douglas Adams, THHGG)

It's easy to lose perspective on things. We really live short, fleeting lives on a tiny lifeboat of a planet circling an insignificant star in a backwater of a medium sized spiral galaxy. Sometimes it's good to get a different view of things. For me that means some time in nature without looking at a clock: in a field, the woods, maybe on a hillside or a mountain or perhaps at night looking at the stars. 

I must be going as I have a brief presentation tod... more »

Perspective

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.  (Douglas Adams, THHGG)

It's easy to lose perspective on things. We really live short, fleeting lives on a tiny lifeboat of a planet circling an insignificant star in a backwater of a medium sized spiral galaxy. Sometimes it's good to get a different view of things. For me that means some time in nature without looking at a clock: in a field, the woods, maybe on a hillside or a mountain or perhaps at night looking at the stars. 

I must be going as I have a brief presentation to deliver, but before I do let me wish you a wonderful Wednesday!


Photo: another macro shot from the weekend, this time with a common object to give a sense of scale. 

Edit: Update since I got some new engagers today that probably didn't see my previous posts. The objects are black pepper peppercorns, a cinnamon stick, Atlantic sea salt (don't ask me if Pacific looks different, but it was sold as "Atlantic"), red chili flakes and a ballpoint pen for scale. ___

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2015-02-17 07:37:43 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Savory

Add a dash of spice to your life: sea salt, black pepper and chili flakes scattered on the table.

There are other things I'm thinking about, but they're better off in a different post, so I'll keep this one short.

Have a spicy day today! 

Savory

Add a dash of spice to your life: sea salt, black pepper and chili flakes scattered on the table.

There are other things I'm thinking about, but they're better off in a different post, so I'll keep this one short.

Have a spicy day today! ___

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2015-02-16 08:26:48 (24 comments, 2 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Illusions

How often, you wonder, has the direction of your life been shaped by such misunderstandings? How many opportunities have you been denied or, for that matter, awarded, because someone failed to see you properly? How many friends have you lost, how many have you gained, because they glimpsed some element of your personality that shone through for only an instant, and in circumstances you could never reproduce? An illusion of water shimmering at the far bend of a highway.   (Kevin Brockmeier)

I stumbled across the quote above, because I was looking for something else. 

What do you see in this photo? If I let my imagination go, I could imagine lots of things, like icebergs on a glass clear sea with the distant lights along a shoreline in the far background. 

Of course this is something far more mundane, but I'm happy with it anyway. I thinkI&... more »

Illusions

How often, you wonder, has the direction of your life been shaped by such misunderstandings? How many opportunities have you been denied or, for that matter, awarded, because someone failed to see you properly? How many friends have you lost, how many have you gained, because they glimpsed some element of your personality that shone through for only an instant, and in circumstances you could never reproduce? An illusion of water shimmering at the far bend of a highway.   (Kevin Brockmeier)

I stumbled across the quote above, because I was looking for something else. 

What do you see in this photo? If I let my imagination go, I could imagine lots of things, like icebergs on a glass clear sea with the distant lights along a shoreline in the far background. 

Of course this is something far more mundane, but I'm happy with it anyway. I think I've leveled up. :-)  inspired by a prompt from  +les collier <<< thank you! 

Thanks for taking time to read and have a great start to the week!

Photo: 
Atlantic sea salt on a breakfast bar counter-top of labrador blue granite. the sea salt was illuminated from two camping lanterns. The foreground color is ambient light from the kitchen illuminating an aluminum edge.  

suitable for  #macromonday  or #macroaddict  ?___

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2015-02-15 22:30:02 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Good day

TL;DR
the photo is a crop from a test shot. Have a great Sunday/Monday depending on where you are!

Long version
I got up and took lots of photos today. The bad news is that the first batch was pretty much a flop. On the other hand, I learned some weaknesses in my technique. Also, I discovered that I wasn't capturing anything in "raw". Either that software I used the other day to do a tethered shoot reset my "raw" to "small jpeg" or I really fat fingered settings. (since it was a test version the "small jpeg" possibility is plausible to ensure I couldn't get "raw" with the test version)

My second attempt: I went out and tried to get pictures of birds. That also didn't work out so well. I saw some, but they were too far away for good photos. 

Not giving up though... more »

Good day

TL;DR
the photo is a crop from a test shot. Have a great Sunday/Monday depending on where you are!

Long version
I got up and took lots of photos today. The bad news is that the first batch was pretty much a flop. On the other hand, I learned some weaknesses in my technique. Also, I discovered that I wasn't capturing anything in "raw". Either that software I used the other day to do a tethered shoot reset my "raw" to "small jpeg" or I really fat fingered settings. (since it was a test version the "small jpeg" possibility is plausible to ensure I couldn't get "raw" with the test version)

My second attempt: I went out and tried to get pictures of birds. That also didn't work out so well. I saw some, but they were too far away for good photos. 

Not giving up though and thinking "third time's the charm", I went back to the idea I had in the morning to try it again. As part of my preparation, I decided to do a few test shots to make sure that my viewfinder dioptrin was adjusted to correctly match what the camera had when in focus. (those little dials get moved by accident sometimes). Since I planned to do some macro photos, I wanted to make sure my manual focusing would not be off due to my viewfinder setting. Yes, I prefer the viewfinder for most shots, although using live view and fine focusing at 5x is helpful on a tripod.

The photo below is a cropped and downsized version from my test shot. I like the design and the colors. The tea isn't bad either. :-)

Thanks for taking time to read and have a wonderful day!___

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2015-02-14 12:10:41 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Lazy Day

I've got nothing today and I don't care.  

Intellectually destitute and apathetic is no way to go through life, son  (my inner Dean Wormer voice. what?! doesn't everyone have one? )

Have a good Caturday, Saturday, Valentine's Day or Lupercalia or just enjoy the weekend!

NB:  Must be the Finnish Flu. I blame +Henni Tenhunen  for spreading this virulent laziness.
h/t to +Mara Mascaro for Lupecalia. 

Lazy Day

I've got nothing today and I don't care.  

Intellectually destitute and apathetic is no way to go through life, son  (my inner Dean Wormer voice. what?! doesn't everyone have one? )

Have a good Caturday, Saturday, Valentine's Day or Lupercalia or just enjoy the weekend!

NB:  Must be the Finnish Flu. I blame +Henni Tenhunen  for spreading this virulent laziness.
h/t to +Mara Mascaro for Lupecalia. ___

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2015-02-13 00:34:35 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Old friends

He stared up at the stars: and it seemed to him then that they were dancers, stately and graceful, performing a dance almost infinite in its complexity.

He imagined he could see the very faces of the stars; pale, they were, and smiling gently, as if they had spent so much time above the world, watching the scrambling and the joy and the pain of the people below them, that they could not help being amused every time another little human believed itself the center of its world, as each of us does.
(Neil Gaiman, Stardust )

Ultimately, I am a stargazer, a dreamer, a foolish wanderer far from home. It's not so clear how I got here or where I am going, but my heart is content when I can sit and watch the stars glide across the sky.

Winter is an especially good time for looking at the stars. Cold, clear nights make for good seeing conditions.... more »

Old friends

He stared up at the stars: and it seemed to him then that they were dancers, stately and graceful, performing a dance almost infinite in its complexity.

He imagined he could see the very faces of the stars; pale, they were, and smiling gently, as if they had spent so much time above the world, watching the scrambling and the joy and the pain of the people below them, that they could not help being amused every time another little human believed itself the center of its world, as each of us does.
(Neil Gaiman, Stardust )

Ultimately, I am a stargazer, a dreamer, a foolish wanderer far from home. It's not so clear how I got here or where I am going, but my heart is content when I can sit and watch the stars glide across the sky.

Winter is an especially good time for looking at the stars. Cold, clear nights make for good seeing conditions. There are also some bright, well-known asterisms. Orion, Canus Major, Taurus are high in the sky now. One of my favorite groups is M45 (Messier's Catalog of non-comets) better known as the Pleiades and sometimes as the "Seven Sisters".  They are an open cluster of relatively young (~100 million years vs. the sun's 4.6 billion) blue stars. 

I hope you have star-kissed dreams and a great start to the weekend.

Photo: 
It's a composite of multiple images stacked together. This is their statistical mean. These images were shot at varying exposures (time) and ISOs. The focal length was approximately 180mm on my EF 100-400 lens. Maybe I'll try at 400 mm another night, but it's challenging to frame and focus. Also the longer the focal length, the longer an exposure and the more movement I get. A telescope mount would be the answer, but for now I'll make do with my tripod. ___

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2015-02-12 07:54:33 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Receive without conceit, release without struggle.

Marcus Aurelius helping to get the day started.

Have a great Thursday and enjoy the little things that make the world beautiful!

Receive without conceit, release without struggle.

Marcus Aurelius helping to get the day started.

Have a great Thursday and enjoy the little things that make the world beautiful!___

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2015-02-11 06:50:11 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2015-02-10 07:55:01 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Impatient madman

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
(Shakespeare, "A Midsummernight's Dream")

This morning, I saw someone else post about rabbit holes (+J. Hancock ) and following your unbidden thoughts. Today's image is the result of something... more »

Impatient madman

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
(Shakespeare, "A Midsummernight's Dream")

This morning, I saw someone else post about rabbit holes (+J. Hancock ) and following your unbidden thoughts. Today's image is the result of something similar, but I didn't get there. My lack of PS skills and lack of patience limited me. I'll give myself credit for baby steps.

Have a beautiful day!

Image: 
composed of a crop of the Trifid nebula (from a GIS), a NASA image of the earth, a pair of Alpendohlen (Alpine Chough). My seething, wormhole-ridden brain had some random electrical discharges (and I cursed a few times as I threw things away and restarted) You're free to interpret: I won't lead you in a particular direction by stating intent. ___

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2015-02-08 18:21:25 (18 comments, 6 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

Skytsengelen
Guardian Angel

Jeg er fuglen som banker på vinduet til dig om morgenen
I am the bird which pecks at your window in the morning
og følgesvennen din, han du ikke kan vite,
and your companion, who you can not know,
blomstene som lyser for den blinde.
blossoms of light for the blind.

Jeg er brekronen over skogene, den blendende
I am the glacier's crest above the woods, blindingly bright
og malmstemmene fra katedralens tårn.
and brassy voices from the cathedral's tower.
Tanken som plutselig faller ned over dig midt på dagen
A thought which suddenly falls upon you in the middle of the day
og fyller dig med en besynderlig lykke.
and fills you with a special happiness.

Jeg er en du har elsket for lenge siden.
I am the one you have loved a long time ago.
Jeg går ved siden avdig ... more »

Skytsengelen
Guardian Angel

Jeg er fuglen som banker på vinduet til dig om morgenen
I am the bird which pecks at your window in the morning
og følgesvennen din, han du ikke kan vite,
and your companion, who you can not know,
blomstene som lyser for den blinde.
blossoms of light for the blind.

Jeg er brekronen over skogene, den blendende
I am the glacier's crest above the woods, blindingly bright
og malmstemmene fra katedralens tårn.
and brassy voices from the cathedral's tower.
Tanken som plutselig faller ned over dig midt på dagen
A thought which suddenly falls upon you in the middle of the day
og fyller dig med en besynderlig lykke.
and fills you with a special happiness.

Jeg er en du har elsket for lenge siden.
I am the one you have loved a long time ago.
Jeg går ved siden av dig om dagen og ser ufravendt på dig
I walk at your side in the day and watch closely over you
og legger munnen på hjertet ditt,
and touch my lips to your heart,
men du vet det ikke.
but you don't know it. 

Jeg er den tredje armen din og den andre
I am your third arm and the second
skyggen din, den hvite,
shadow of yours, the white one,
som du ikke har hjerte til
whom you have not the heart for
og som ikke kan glemme dig mere.
and who can not forget you anymore.

(Rolf Jacobsen; translation and any mistakes mine;
for a professional translation see the link section below)

Another poem, another contemplation of the words, what they mean superficially and what they mean together. Life is interpretation, doubly so when reading someone else's works. 

I've also read a little about Rolf's life. While his poetry is beautiful, his life had a dark and problematic chapter, as he supported the Nazis during their occupation of Norway. He paid a price for his actions: hard labor after his conviction for treason. That was enough for Norway, it will certainly be enough for me, but it is something to be aware of. 

Have a beautiful close to the weekend and a great start to the week!

Links

A professional translation here:
http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/390357.html

I found the poem in Norwegian here: 
http://home.online.no/~arisol/dikt8.htm

More about Rolf Jacobsen here:
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/jaco.htm 

Photo
as usual mine, but I have used multiplication in PS to darken the background and make the petals stand out more. ___

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2015-02-06 00:14:57 (68 comments, 60 reshares, 1436 +1s)Open 

Månen og apalen
Moon and Apple   

Når apalen blomster
When the apple blooms
kommer ofte månen som en blomst,
the moon often comes like a blossom,
blekere enn dem alle
paler than all
og lyser over treet.
and shining above the tree.

Det er den døde sommeren,
She is the ghost of summer,
den hvite søsteren til blomstene som kommer igjen
the white sisters of blossoms returning
for å se til oss
to visit us
og lyse fred med sine hender,
and shine peace with her hands
at det ikke skall kjennes tungt når ilden kommer.
so that we shall not know sorrow when the fire comes

For Jorden selv er en blomst, sier den,
For the Earth itself is a blossom, she says,
på stjernenes tre,
Upon the star tree
blek og med blad
pale and with leaves
av lysende hav.
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Månen og apalen
Moon and Apple   

Når apalen blomster
When the apple blooms
kommer ofte månen som en blomst,
the moon often comes like a blossom,
blekere enn dem alle
paler than all
og lyser over treet.
and shining above the tree.

Det er den døde sommeren,
She is the ghost of summer,
den hvite søsteren til blomstene som kommer igjen
the white sisters of blossoms returning
for å se til oss
to visit us
og lyse fred med sine hender,
and shine peace with her hands
at det ikke skall kjennes tungt når ilden kommer.
so that we shall not know sorrow when the fire comes

For Jorden selv er en blomst, sier den,
For the Earth itself is a blossom, she says,
på stjernenes tre,
Upon the star tree
blek og med blad
pale and with leaves
av lysende hav.
of shining sea. 

(my translation of Rolf Jacobsen's poem. from The Roads Have Come to an End Now: selected and last poems of Rolf Jacobsen )

I know that my translation has flaws, esp. the idiom with the "fire". For reference here is the English translation provided in the book:

Moon and Apple

When the apple tree blooms
the moon comes often like a blossom,
paler than any of them
shining over the tree.

It is the ghost of the summer,
the white sister of the blossoms who returns
to drop in on us
and radiate peace with her hands
so that you shouldn't feel too bad when the hard times come.
For the Earth itself is a blossom, she says,
on the star tree,
pale and with luminous
ocean leaves.
[translated by Robert Bly, Roger Greenwald and Robert Hedin]

I like the image of a star tree with the Earth a luminous blossom. Yggdrasil and Midgard. 

I stayed up far later than I intended working on my moon photo (combined 4 shots, which is a new technique for me) and playing with the translation of the poem. My Norwegian is just good enough to recognize words, but those last lines really caught my attention. And if I'm wrong in what I thought I read, so be it. It's a beautiful thought for me. 

Have peaceful dreams and light hearts.___

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2015-02-04 21:43:38 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Astonishing Tome

I'm very happy to have made a connection with an incredibly talented Canadian photographer,  +Don Komarechka ,  who has crafted one of the most original books I've had in my hands in quite a while. The photographic quality is outstanding. These photos are true labors of love with many taking 4 hours of painstaking precision to photograph in sub-millimeter layers then stacking them together.

Not only does Don fill the book with unique flakes, but he educates about how they form and even how to take pictures of them.  I thought about posting a sample page from his book to give you a better idea of just how good it is, but instead I'll ask you to take a look at this link and scroll down to the sample pages:

https://skycrystals.ca/product/sky-crystals-unraveling-the-mysteries-of-snowflakes-book/

What a delight on a grey winterday... more »

Astonishing Tome

I'm very happy to have made a connection with an incredibly talented Canadian photographer,  +Don Komarechka ,  who has crafted one of the most original books I've had in my hands in quite a while. The photographic quality is outstanding. These photos are true labors of love with many taking 4 hours of painstaking precision to photograph in sub-millimeter layers then stacking them together.

Not only does Don fill the book with unique flakes, but he educates about how they form and even how to take pictures of them.  I thought about posting a sample page from his book to give you a better idea of just how good it is, but instead I'll ask you to take a look at this link and scroll down to the sample pages:

https://skycrystals.ca/product/sky-crystals-unraveling-the-mysteries-of-snowflakes-book/

What a delight on a grey winter day or a cold evening after work!___

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2015-02-04 12:10:21 (26 comments, 7 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Lemons or Frost Trees II

Some folks say when Life gives you lemons make lemonade. I don't get lemons or flowers in the winter, but I do get snow and ice. In the spirit of making the best of what you get, I present my "frost trees".  

I previously shared the shot in 1920*1080 format, but surprisingly that hasn't been noticed much. Therefore I have cropped that shot very tightly to show up better on smaller screens. 

For me as a hobby photographer, this was a special capture of a very delicate structure. I hope you enjoy it. 

Have a great Wednesday! 

Lemons or Frost Trees II

Some folks say when Life gives you lemons make lemonade. I don't get lemons or flowers in the winter, but I do get snow and ice. In the spirit of making the best of what you get, I present my "frost trees".  

I previously shared the shot in 1920*1080 format, but surprisingly that hasn't been noticed much. Therefore I have cropped that shot very tightly to show up better on smaller screens. 

For me as a hobby photographer, this was a special capture of a very delicate structure. I hope you enjoy it. 

Have a great Wednesday! ___

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2015-02-03 23:25:36 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Frost Forest

How good it is when the temperature finally drops. No more of this hovering around 0°C. Decisively cold, crisp and clear. In the morning I was greeted by a magical forest or frost and even had light to appreciate it by. It truly  was a delight to drink in those delicate, transient crystal trees.

Have a fantastic Wednesday and enjoy whatever beauty nature offers you today!  

Frost Forest

How good it is when the temperature finally drops. No more of this hovering around 0°C. Decisively cold, crisp and clear. In the morning I was greeted by a magical forest or frost and even had light to appreciate it by. It truly  was a delight to drink in those delicate, transient crystal trees.

Have a fantastic Wednesday and enjoy whatever beauty nature offers you today!  ___

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2015-02-03 08:07:03 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Because I can

Geckos go where they want. full stop. It's a good attitude (and superpower) to have.

Gecko toes have special adaptations that allow them to adhere to most surfaces without the use of liquids or surface tension. About 60% of gecko species have adhesive toe pads; such pads have been gained and lost repeatedly over the course of gecko evolution.[16] Adhesive toepads evolved independently in about 11 different gecko lineages and were lost in at least 9 lineages.[16] The spatula-shaped setae arranged in lamellae on gecko footpads enable attractive van der Waals' forces between the β-keratin lamellae/setae/spatulae structures and the surface.[17][18] These van der Waals interactions involve no fluids; in theory, a boot made of synthetic setae would adhere as easily to the surface of the International Space Station as it would to a living-room wall, although... more »

Because I can

Geckos go where they want. full stop. It's a good attitude (and superpower) to have.

Gecko toes have special adaptations that allow them to adhere to most surfaces without the use of liquids or surface tension. About 60% of gecko species have adhesive toe pads; such pads have been gained and lost repeatedly over the course of gecko evolution.[16] Adhesive toepads evolved independently in about 11 different gecko lineages and were lost in at least 9 lineages.[16] The spatula-shaped setae arranged in lamellae on gecko footpads enable attractive van der Waals' forces between the β-keratin lamellae/setae/spatulae structures and the surface.[17][18] These van der Waals interactions involve no fluids; in theory, a boot made of synthetic setae would adhere as easily to the surface of the International Space Station as it would to a living-room wall, although adhesion varies with humidity.
(see Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gecko) 

Have a great Tuesday!


Photo:
I was going through images from last year. I liked this gecko taken at a butterfly farm in the Alsace (Selestat?). It caught my eye, but it was in a glass terrarium and in relatively low light. I shot it anyway, which is good and bad.

The bad: I really shot quite a noisy, messy image in low light on my 60D. I hope this year I'll do better with the 7D. (this may not be the equipment and more the person behind the lens making the wrong choices) This one was shot at ISO 2000 and it exceeds my clean up skills. Also it isn't sharp enough. (definitely rests with the photographer)

The good: seeing what I could have done better means that I'm learning. ___

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2015-01-30 08:19:59 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Around the corner?

There's this really bright thing in the sky this morning and it's blue in places again. Hard to adjust to the sudden influx of light. It gives me hope though. I might even be able to get out with the camera this weekend! Also, it can't be long until we have the first flowers (ok. 6 weeks).

Have a great Friday and a great weekend!

Photo: last year during the Winter-Spring transition, because due to the crappy weather, I haven't been able to photograph anything during the daytime and I'm tired of nighttime snow shots. 

Around the corner?

There's this really bright thing in the sky this morning and it's blue in places again. Hard to adjust to the sudden influx of light. It gives me hope though. I might even be able to get out with the camera this weekend! Also, it can't be long until we have the first flowers (ok. 6 weeks).

Have a great Friday and a great weekend!

Photo: last year during the Winter-Spring transition, because due to the crappy weather, I haven't been able to photograph anything during the daytime and I'm tired of nighttime snow shots. ___

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2015-01-29 08:10:02 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Would Heimdallr approve?

first let me start you out with a Happy Thorsday ! Thorsday is a great day for me, because the weekend is in sight and because of Thor. I think it is great to have ancient ideas echo through in bits and pieces of the language, plus what's not to like about someone that swings Mjolnir and lightning bolts. 

About the photo. Conditions (real life demands and weather) have not coincided favorably for me an picture taking. I did get out one evening and shoot some pictures of snow covering various things. This particular share illustrates how depth of field changes as you adjust the aperture (f numbers on your settings). One picture is almost completely wide open at f1.6 and you can see what a very narrow band is in focus. The other is much narrower at f11. A lot more is in focus. You can especially notice it with the light on the left side.
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Would Heimdallr approve?

first let me start you out with a Happy Thorsday ! Thorsday is a great day for me, because the weekend is in sight and because of Thor. I think it is great to have ancient ideas echo through in bits and pieces of the language, plus what's not to like about someone that swings Mjolnir and lightning bolts. 

About the photo. Conditions (real life demands and weather) have not coincided favorably for me an picture taking. I did get out one evening and shoot some pictures of snow covering various things. This particular share illustrates how depth of field changes as you adjust the aperture (f numbers on your settings). One picture is almost completely wide open at f1.6 and you can see what a very narrow band is in focus. The other is much narrower at f11. A lot more is in focus. You can especially notice it with the light on the left side.

Have fun and feel free to tell me whatever crosses your mind in the comments: photos, snow, Thor (mythological, Marvel), Flying Spaghetti monster, Nordic languages, etc.

Gotta run now. Have a fantastic Thorsday! ___

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2015-01-28 07:54:30 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Night Falls

I only seem to get shots at night recently. Only a brief post today. Ginger, our cat, is in a cuddly mood and jealous of me putting my hand on the keyboard. 

I would have liked a quote or poem to go with this, but my hands are about to be attacked if I don't use them for petting. 

Have a great Wednesday!

Night Falls

I only seem to get shots at night recently. Only a brief post today. Ginger, our cat, is in a cuddly mood and jealous of me putting my hand on the keyboard. 

I would have liked a quote or poem to go with this, but my hands are about to be attacked if I don't use them for petting. 

Have a great Wednesday!___

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2015-01-27 07:32:47 (36 comments, 2 reshares, 129 +1s)Open 

Worst quote and "love" scene ever

I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.  (one of those horrible Star Wars prequels)

Fortunately, I like snow. It gets blown around most everywhere and piles up in the strangest of places: including chain link fencing.

Back to the prequel. I am very pleased that Natalie Portman was able to overcome the impression the prequels left about her not being able to act. The problem was the writing and using her as a mannequin.

Star Wars had come out around the time of Seagull, and everyone thought I was a horrible actress," Portman says. "I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me.

More here: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/22659/20141221/natalie-portman-says-star-wars-almost-killed-her-career.htm
Oh,... more »

Worst quote and "love" scene ever

I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.  (one of those horrible Star Wars prequels)

Fortunately, I like snow. It gets blown around most everywhere and piles up in the strangest of places: including chain link fencing.

Back to the prequel. I am very pleased that Natalie Portman was able to overcome the impression the prequels left about her not being able to act. The problem was the writing and using her as a mannequin.

Star Wars had come out around the time of Seagull, and everyone thought I was a horrible actress," Portman says. "I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me.

More here: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/22659/20141221/natalie-portman-says-star-wars-almost-killed-her-career.htm

Oh, and if you're wondering why I got on this odd combination of Star Wars and snow, it had nothing to do with Hoth. Thinking about snow getting everywhere made me think of sand getting everwhere which led to the horrible Anakin quote which leads to anger which leads to the dark side. I better have a chat with Yoda. 

Have a great Tuesday!___

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2015-01-25 01:30:54 (32 comments, 0 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Winter jewels

We finally got new snow, but it wasn't the perfect, pristine crystals that I had hoped for. Mostly it was partially melted when it landed. Often it came down in snowy blobs. You can tell that it melted on the way down when you look at the "globules" on the snowflakes below.

I stayed out in the snow for two hours trying to get pristine flakes, but it didn't get better. I'll have a good bit of snow to shovel in the morning judging by how much was coming down.

It was a fun experiment, but now I'm ready for a warm bed. Have a great Sunday!

Photos:
I tried two macro different lenses. One was my kit zoom reversed. The other was an EF 100mm (not IS). Most of the shots didn't turn out. Even these few, which I am sharing, weren't up to my aspirations, but I'll cut myself some slack this time. I learned a lot... more »

Winter jewels

We finally got new snow, but it wasn't the perfect, pristine crystals that I had hoped for. Mostly it was partially melted when it landed. Often it came down in snowy blobs. You can tell that it melted on the way down when you look at the "globules" on the snowflakes below.

I stayed out in the snow for two hours trying to get pristine flakes, but it didn't get better. I'll have a good bit of snow to shovel in the morning judging by how much was coming down.

It was a fun experiment, but now I'm ready for a warm bed. Have a great Sunday!

Photos:
I tried two macro different lenses. One was my kit zoom reversed. The other was an EF 100mm (not IS). Most of the shots didn't turn out. Even these few, which I am sharing, weren't up to my aspirations, but I'll cut myself some slack this time. I learned a lot and next time will be better. For better or worse, you get to watch me as I progress along the learning curve.  

Backdrop: I used a black fleece and caught snowflakes on top. They had to be brushed off from time-to-time, so I could see new flakes. Illumination was from two camping lanterns and my LED headlamp. 
all shots handheld. ___

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2015-01-24 14:20:38 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

You will pay attention to me now, primate

Ginger posing for me at the top of the stairs from the basement. I had my 50mm on, so I shot with available light.

Ginger is an enigma to me. Sometimes she wants to be near, but she sits with her back to me. Other times she is all over me and "yaps" at me to pet her. Particularly odd is ignoring me all day, but when I try to go up the stairs, she runs in front and then plops down waiting for me to pet her. Photographic evidence provided below. 

I knew dogs understand humans, but cats do too. Ginger will come when I call her (if she feels like it). She "talks" to me sometimes - usually to play with her, occasionally for food or petting. She will also jump if I invite her or point to a place. Mostly though she disappears for a nap somewhere in the house.

Happy Caturday from Ginger!  
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You will pay attention to me now, primate

Ginger posing for me at the top of the stairs from the basement. I had my 50mm on, so I shot with available light.

Ginger is an enigma to me. Sometimes she wants to be near, but she sits with her back to me. Other times she is all over me and "yaps" at me to pet her. Particularly odd is ignoring me all day, but when I try to go up the stairs, she runs in front and then plops down waiting for me to pet her. Photographic evidence provided below. 

I knew dogs understand humans, but cats do too. Ginger will come when I call her (if she feels like it). She "talks" to me sometimes - usually to play with her, occasionally for food or petting. She will also jump if I invite her or point to a place. Mostly though she disappears for a nap somewhere in the house.

Happy Caturday from Ginger!  

As for me, I'm hoping for fresh, crisp snow. I want to try a macro shot with snowflakes. I had an idea <<< note: generally something dangerous when i get ideas, but I wish you a great weekend too.___

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2015-01-23 08:29:30 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Taking a chance

The weather isn't better, the week has been intense, I'm late, but it's Friday. The other night when I went out to take pictures of something, anything at all, I came across this bench. I thought the lighting around it gave it a magical atmosphere. It seems like a place where you could have a chat with an elf or some other shy, magical creature. 
With the weekend rapidly approaching, maybe I'll do that and take a chance.

We're supposed to get new snow, perhaps I can get some snowflakes with a macro lens.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend!

Taking a chance

The weather isn't better, the week has been intense, I'm late, but it's Friday. The other night when I went out to take pictures of something, anything at all, I came across this bench. I thought the lighting around it gave it a magical atmosphere. It seems like a place where you could have a chat with an elf or some other shy, magical creature. 
With the weekend rapidly approaching, maybe I'll do that and take a chance.

We're supposed to get new snow, perhaps I can get some snowflakes with a macro lens.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend!___

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2015-01-22 07:41:49 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Traces

Traces left in the thin covering of snow
Tire treads, a bike moving fast,
Tracks where someone walked their dog,
Tiny scuffling feet beside a mother
Three legged, bent with cane in hand
These are the things I see when I stop to read
The traces of passersby left in the thin snow
Telling me tales of those gone by

Photo: A night shot on a wooden bridge over a small creek. This is straight out of the camera. Lights were low and there's not much contrast in the snow and sand. In places the wooden beams clearly show through in others there is still that distinctive snowy grime created when many people have walked a path.
Not Black and White. It looks like this because of the colors and the lighting, which is one of the things I like about it. 

Traces

Traces left in the thin covering of snow
Tire treads, a bike moving fast,
Tracks where someone walked their dog,
Tiny scuffling feet beside a mother
Three legged, bent with cane in hand
These are the things I see when I stop to read
The traces of passersby left in the thin snow
Telling me tales of those gone by

Photo: A night shot on a wooden bridge over a small creek. This is straight out of the camera. Lights were low and there's not much contrast in the snow and sand. In places the wooden beams clearly show through in others there is still that distinctive snowy grime created when many people have walked a path.
Not Black and White. It looks like this because of the colors and the lighting, which is one of the things I like about it. ___

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2015-01-21 07:51:45 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Adapting

Those of you, who have been kind enough to read my daily scribblings, know that lately I have been ranting about the leaden grey skies, lack of contrast and lack of light. 

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper  (W.B. Yeats)  

I decided to take matters into my own hands and shoot photos in the dark. At least that way there would be contrast. I slapped on a 50 mm prime (f1.4 max) and set out to capture something, anything , such was my desparation.

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.  (attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

It was a good exercise in several ways. Walking around in the freezing cold, cleared my head and gave me good, clean air to breathe. On the photographic side of things, I had to do a lot manually. One thing I didtha... more »

Adapting

Those of you, who have been kind enough to read my daily scribblings, know that lately I have been ranting about the leaden grey skies, lack of contrast and lack of light. 

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper  (W.B. Yeats)  

I decided to take matters into my own hands and shoot photos in the dark. At least that way there would be contrast. I slapped on a 50 mm prime (f1.4 max) and set out to capture something, anything , such was my desparation.

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.  (attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

It was a good exercise in several ways. Walking around in the freezing cold, cleared my head and gave me good, clean air to breathe. On the photographic side of things, I had to do a lot manually. One thing I did that turned out to be very helpful was to wear an LED headlamp. I thought I might need it to watch out for ice patches, but it served as illumination, so that I didn't need a harsh flash. Still the number of keepers was extremely low. I was back in school again, which is actually good, because I learned some things.

Ms. Wormwood: Calvin, can you tell us what Lewis and Clark did?
 
Calvin: No, but I can recite the secret superhero origin of each member of Captain Napalm's Thermonuclear League of Liberty
 
Ms. Wormwood: See me after class, Calvin
 
Calvin: [retrospectively] I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.
(Bill Watterson)

In the end (and I'm sure you're glad to read those words) it was a good night. I got rid of the worst of my cabin fever, learned a few things about taking handheld shots in low light and no ice fairies got mad at me.

Thanks for sticking around so long and have a wonderful Wednesday!  ___

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2015-01-20 08:12:06 (31 comments, 4 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Let there be light PLEASE

Grey, dull light and snow. Everything is a shade of grey with low contrast. Yesterday evening I had a few extra hours. It was not good.

That's when I discovered the answer to this question:
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of man?"

Thereupon I visited myself with fury upon innocent photos. Witness how I have torn photos of trees apart and fractalated my own with a vengeful mouse click. Then I discovered filters and ran messy paint over slate, pastels, probably 20 other steps I have forgotten and wrapped up with crystallization. 

You may seek a scientific explanation blame this upon a vitamin D deficiency due to lack of good sunlight. In the meantime, I shake my fist at the sky and mutter Monty Python quotes. 

Have a great Tuesday! Grey days make the sunny ones all the nicer. If youha... more »

Let there be light PLEASE

Grey, dull light and snow. Everything is a shade of grey with low contrast. Yesterday evening I had a few extra hours. It was not good.

That's when I discovered the answer to this question:
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of man?"

Thereupon I visited myself with fury upon innocent photos. Witness how I have torn photos of trees apart and fractalated my own with a vengeful mouse click. Then I discovered filters and ran messy paint over slate, pastels, probably 20 other steps I have forgotten and wrapped up with crystallization. 

You may seek a scientific explanation blame this upon a vitamin D deficiency due to lack of good sunlight. In the meantime, I shake my fist at the sky and mutter Monty Python quotes. 

Have a great Tuesday! Grey days make the sunny ones all the nicer. If you have a sunny day enjoy it. If you have a grey one like me, take up something more constructive like blogging, suduko, germinating maple seeds, working on a method to recover and inject T.Rex DNA into chick embryos or decoding the Voynich manuscript. 

P.S. no worries. if the weather doesn't get better, I'll make one more ice photo sacrifice to the winter fairies and then begin to pillage archives from 2014 for real photos. ___

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2015-01-19 08:12:34 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Onward

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. (Abraham Lincoln)

Nature again refused to cooperate with me. We had fog and light clouds obscuring the sky. I went out last night every two hours after dark to check in the hopes that I could get a photo of Comet Lovejoy. It was in fact "no joy". I can't let a little setback like that keep me from starting the week off with a post though. Sometimes you have to keep going and trust that your chance will come. 

Have a good start to the week!

Onward

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. (Abraham Lincoln)

Nature again refused to cooperate with me. We had fog and light clouds obscuring the sky. I went out last night every two hours after dark to check in the hopes that I could get a photo of Comet Lovejoy. It was in fact "no joy". I can't let a little setback like that keep me from starting the week off with a post though. Sometimes you have to keep going and trust that your chance will come. 

Have a good start to the week!___

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2015-01-18 17:04:23 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Man is not man, but a wolf to those he does not know.
(Plautus)

A dearth of new pictures due to weather and real life keeping me busy. I decided to play with a snapshot of some graffiti, which I saw on January 6. Yes, it has been that long since I took anything.

I'm hoping for good conditions tonight. Maybe I can get some shots of the comet. I saw it for a few minutes a few nights ago.

I hope you've been enjoying the weekend. I've been able to do some reading and even a bit of gaming. 

Man is not man, but a wolf to those he does not know.
(Plautus)

A dearth of new pictures due to weather and real life keeping me busy. I decided to play with a snapshot of some graffiti, which I saw on January 6. Yes, it has been that long since I took anything.

I'm hoping for good conditions tonight. Maybe I can get some shots of the comet. I saw it for a few minutes a few nights ago.

I hope you've been enjoying the weekend. I've been able to do some reading and even a bit of gaming. ___

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2015-01-14 07:30:44 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Whirls

Big whirls have little whirls, that feed on their velocity;
And little whirls have lesser whirls, and so on to viscosity.
(Lewis Fry Richardson) 

You never know where curiosity and the internet will lead you. I was was interested in the swirls and eddies as the hot air exited the chimney. Throw in a dash of internet search and the serendipitous keyword "whirl" and it turned into quite a good read about an interesting person.

Lewis Fry Richardson was an English mathematician and meteorologist (among other things), who pioneered the use of differential equations in forecasting, worked on fractals (coastlines), a method of solving linear equations, echolocation of icebergs (6 years before sonar was patented) and a mathematical analysis of war (he was a pacifist). The quote at the beginning of this post was from his Weather Prediction by... more »

Whirls

Big whirls have little whirls, that feed on their velocity;
And little whirls have lesser whirls, and so on to viscosity.
(Lewis Fry Richardson) 

You never know where curiosity and the internet will lead you. I was was interested in the swirls and eddies as the hot air exited the chimney. Throw in a dash of internet search and the serendipitous keyword "whirl" and it turned into quite a good read about an interesting person.

Lewis Fry Richardson was an English mathematician and meteorologist (among other things), who pioneered the use of differential equations in forecasting, worked on fractals (coastlines), a method of solving linear equations, echolocation of icebergs (6 years before sonar was patented) and a mathematical analysis of war (he was a pacifist). The quote at the beginning of this post was from his Weather Prediction by Numerical Process when describing turbulence. 

The burial detail, which had come for the corpses in the pigpen, was surprised.

The “dead” were getting up and speaking English. Qu’est-ce que c’est? Ah, they were an ambulance crew. British volunteers, in the trenches with the French Army on the Western Front. In the ruins and wreckage near the front lines, they’d found nowhere else to sleep.
...
It was the last place in the world to look for a scientist at work. Yet one soft-spoken corpsman, known as “Prof”, filled his downtime with experiments and calculations. “We thought nothing of seeing him wandering about in the small hours checking his instruments,” one of his fellow corpsmen recalled. Once, for example, he’d set a bowl of water on a record-player he had somehow got hold of, cranked up the machine, and measured the radius of the curve on the water’s surface. A rotating fluid, he thought, might serve as a useful model of the atmosphere. (Though his record player wasn’t up to the task, later work would prove him right.)  (from the Independent article, see link below).


more on Richardson - pacificist, mathematician and scientist: 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/lewis-fry-richardsons-weather-forecasts-changed-the-world-but-could-his-predictions-of-war-do-the-same-9679295.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Fry_Richardson 

photo: taken on a cold winter day. I was interested in the whirls and eddies visible as hot, moist air left the chimney and hit the cold, dry air. I only took one photo, as I had to get to the start of a local race. The photo was edited from RAW by importing into Photoshop with the "camera faithful" setting, increasing clarity, dropping blacks -5 and dark colors -10 then downsizing to 1920x1280 for posting here, as photos larger than that are hard for people on mobile devices to download and view. ___

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2015-01-12 07:47:01 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Frosted

These blades of grass turned into a forest of miniature ice trees. What looks like water, is actually also ice.

Frost forms when the surface of an object cools below the frost point (not the same as the freezing point and can be several degrees cooler) of water vapor in the air. The water vapor begins to deposit and grow crystals on the surface of the object. Frequently the crystal form is needle-like as in this picture.

you can read more about the various forms of frost (hoar, advection aka wind, window, white, rime and black frost) here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frost or 
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/frost/frost.htm

Have a great start to the week! 
 

Frosted

These blades of grass turned into a forest of miniature ice trees. What looks like water, is actually also ice.

Frost forms when the surface of an object cools below the frost point (not the same as the freezing point and can be several degrees cooler) of water vapor in the air. The water vapor begins to deposit and grow crystals on the surface of the object. Frequently the crystal form is needle-like as in this picture.

you can read more about the various forms of frost (hoar, advection aka wind, window, white, rime and black frost) here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frost or 
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/frost/frost.htm

Have a great start to the week! 
 ___

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2015-01-10 23:33:41 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Surprises

Sometimes your shots don't turn out like you hope. Sometimes you go through your shots and find one that turned out a lot better than you anticipated.

When I saw this shot in my set, I wanted to write something about the golden light of the sun and the frozen silver of the moon, but instead I ran a quote check and came across a poem by Yeats. Who can resist his lyricism? 

Aedh wishes for the cloths of heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
 
(W.B. Yeats,  The Wind Among the Reeds )
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Surprises

Sometimes your shots don't turn out like you hope. Sometimes you go through your shots and find one that turned out a lot better than you anticipated.

When I saw this shot in my set, I wanted to write something about the golden light of the sun and the frozen silver of the moon, but instead I ran a quote check and came across a poem by Yeats. Who can resist his lyricism? 

Aedh wishes for the cloths of heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
 
(W.B. Yeats,  The Wind Among the Reeds )

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/32233/32233-h/32233-h.htm 

Photo: a solitary stalk of grass, covered with frost caught my eye. the background with the myriad dancing points of light was an unexpected delight when I reviewed the pictures. ___

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2015-01-09 07:47:40 (44 comments, 47 reshares, 567 +1s)Open 

Ice Magic

It is fascinating and beautiful to see how ice can grow on surfaces. I was lucky enough to catch some ice on a day with sunshine. It made spectacular figures. I saw forests of ice trees where there were blades of grass, trees that shimmered like glass and delicate frosted leaves everywhere. It's truly magical when you come across something like that and well worth a few minutes to drink it in.

Have a great Friday and a most excellent weekend!

Photo: this one is a little different for me, because the foreground object comes in from the right. I tend to shoot more left to right, which makes me wonder if how we read also biases our vision of objects. In this case the geometry of the situation left me no choice, but to break with my unconscious convention - and that is a good thing. 

Ice Magic

It is fascinating and beautiful to see how ice can grow on surfaces. I was lucky enough to catch some ice on a day with sunshine. It made spectacular figures. I saw forests of ice trees where there were blades of grass, trees that shimmered like glass and delicate frosted leaves everywhere. It's truly magical when you come across something like that and well worth a few minutes to drink it in.

Have a great Friday and a most excellent weekend!

Photo: this one is a little different for me, because the foreground object comes in from the right. I tend to shoot more left to right, which makes me wonder if how we read also biases our vision of objects. In this case the geometry of the situation left me no choice, but to break with my unconscious convention - and that is a good thing. ___

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2015-01-06 21:27:47 (41 comments, 2 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Slow going

it's been a while since i have posted anything. Part of it was the weather, part the demands of real life and a third part, a feeling of "meh" whenever I looked out the window.

Today was different. We had clear skies last night, which means colder temps and a bright morning with lots of frost to play with. 

I tried out some (new to me) functions of my camera at a local race (fun run and 10k). In between the start and finish, I wandered around making shots of the frost in the gardens and fields. It was pretty refreshing. I still feel sluggish, but maybe I'm waking up from my winter nap. 

May Wednesday be a great day for you. One full of brisk, crisp air to sharpen your senses and plenty of light to take it all in. 

Slow going

it's been a while since i have posted anything. Part of it was the weather, part the demands of real life and a third part, a feeling of "meh" whenever I looked out the window.

Today was different. We had clear skies last night, which means colder temps and a bright morning with lots of frost to play with. 

I tried out some (new to me) functions of my camera at a local race (fun run and 10k). In between the start and finish, I wandered around making shots of the frost in the gardens and fields. It was pretty refreshing. I still feel sluggish, but maybe I'm waking up from my winter nap. 

May Wednesday be a great day for you. One full of brisk, crisp air to sharpen your senses and plenty of light to take it all in. ___

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2015-01-01 02:50:56 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Colorful Impressions

Happy New Year to one and all! this album has some quick and dirty edits of jpegs from our backyard fireworks ushering in 2015. I know they could be done better, esp. from RAW, but "ain't nobody got time for that" in the middle of New Year's Eve.

A quick refresher on what makes firework colors for us:

Color      Compound
Red         strontium salts, lithium salts
                lithium carbonate, Li2CO3 = red
                strontium carbonate, SrCO3 = bright red

Orange   calcium salts
                 calcium chloride, CaCl2
                 calcium sulfate, CaSO4·xH2O, where x = 0,2,3,5

Gold        incandescence of iron (with carbon), charcoal, or lampblack

Yellow     sodiumcompounds
                   sodium nitrate, N... more »

Colorful Impressions

Happy New Year to one and all! this album has some quick and dirty edits of jpegs from our backyard fireworks ushering in 2015. I know they could be done better, esp. from RAW, but "ain't nobody got time for that" in the middle of New Year's Eve.

A quick refresher on what makes firework colors for us:

Color      Compound
Red         strontium salts, lithium salts
                lithium carbonate, Li2CO3 = red
                strontium carbonate, SrCO3 = bright red

Orange   calcium salts
                 calcium chloride, CaCl2
                 calcium sulfate, CaSO4·xH2O, where x = 0,2,3,5

Gold        incandescence of iron (with carbon), charcoal, or lampblack

Yellow     sodium compounds
                   sodium nitrate, NaNO3
                   cryolite, Na3AlF6

White       white-hot metal, such as magnesium or aluminum
                   barium oxide, BaO

Green       barium compounds + chlorine producer
                    barium chloride, BaCl+ = bright green

Blue          copper compounds + chlorine producer
                   copper acetoarsenite (Paris Green),                                                            Cu3As2O3Cu(C2H3O2)2 = blue
                   copper (I) chloride, CuCl = turquoise blue

Purple      mixture of strontium (red) and copper (blue) compounds

Silver        burning aluminum, titanium, or magnesium powder or flakes

_source see: http://chemistry.about.com/od/fireworkspyrotechnics/a/fireworkcolors.htm_

And with that, I bid you good night and a wonderful start to 2015!___

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2014-12-31 15:15:34 (42 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Endings are Beginnings

Whatever 2014 brought you, be it good or be it a test of your resolve, 2015 is a fresh beginning. Things can and will be different. I hope it will be a year to remember favorably! 

As we conclude calendar year 2014, let me also thank you for the interactions in GPlus in 2014. I've learned from you, laughed with you and enjoyed hearing from you when you comment or plus something I post. I look forward to more exchange of thoughts in 2015.

Endings are Beginnings

Whatever 2014 brought you, be it good or be it a test of your resolve, 2015 is a fresh beginning. Things can and will be different. I hope it will be a year to remember favorably! 

As we conclude calendar year 2014, let me also thank you for the interactions in GPlus in 2014. I've learned from you, laughed with you and enjoyed hearing from you when you comment or plus something I post. I look forward to more exchange of thoughts in 2015.___

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2014-12-24 11:02:54 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

A Monday in Munich

Here are some impressions from my Monday before Christmas in Munich. I got to meet an old friend and her family for the first time in many years. We clicked again right away.

The day was about being together, so we went wherever they were interested in going, which explains how a slob like myself wound up in front of a Karl Lagerfeld store. I don't really know much about him, except that he's a famous designer, but after seeing the store, I like his playful take on things. His Monster Cat Choupette and the Doctor Evil / Blofeld homage delighted me. Maybe fashionistas do have a sense of humor.

Also take a look at some of the metal figures from the Christmas market at the Sendlinger Tor. Very nice work.  If I had been there earlier in the month, I probably would have gotten some as a gift, but I was already done with my shopping.

I... more »

A Monday in Munich

Here are some impressions from my Monday before Christmas in Munich. I got to meet an old friend and her family for the first time in many years. We clicked again right away.

The day was about being together, so we went wherever they were interested in going, which explains how a slob like myself wound up in front of a Karl Lagerfeld store. I don't really know much about him, except that he's a famous designer, but after seeing the store, I like his playful take on things. His Monster Cat Choupette and the Doctor Evil / Blofeld homage delighted me. Maybe fashionistas do have a sense of humor.

Also take a look at some of the metal figures from the Christmas market at the Sendlinger Tor. Very nice work.  If I had been there earlier in the month, I probably would have gotten some as a gift, but I was already done with my shopping.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Tonight is the big festival for us in Germany. Maybe there will be photos of our tree (I put it up yesterday) with candle light. 

Enjoy your day and may it be filled with love and laughter!___

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2014-12-22 06:57:29 (25 comments, 7 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

Smartphone shots of Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt and River Main

The other day I went to Frankfurt to meet a couple of wonderful GPlussers for our annual Hobbit HIRL. I got there a bit early, so I wandered around down by the River Main and through the Weihnachtsmarkt. As my reason to visit had nothing to do with photography, I needed to use the camera I had with me, i.e. my S3. It's not a very good camera, but it at least gives you an impression.

Today, I'm off to Munich to meet a friend from high school, who's visiting Munich for 3 days (tomorrow is the last day). I should have already left, but the battery in one of our smoke alarms ran low during the night, so it started making those horrible beeping sounds. I think it was sometime between 3AM and 4AM. Anyway, I overslept.

The weather does not look promising today (starting out grey), but I'll take my... more »

Smartphone shots of Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt and River Main

The other day I went to Frankfurt to meet a couple of wonderful GPlussers for our annual Hobbit HIRL. I got there a bit early, so I wandered around down by the River Main and through the Weihnachtsmarkt. As my reason to visit had nothing to do with photography, I needed to use the camera I had with me, i.e. my S3. It's not a very good camera, but it at least gives you an impression.

Today, I'm off to Munich to meet a friend from high school, who's visiting Munich for 3 days (tomorrow is the last day). I should have already left, but the battery in one of our smoke alarms ran low during the night, so it started making those horrible beeping sounds. I think it was sometime between 3AM and 4AM. Anyway, I overslept.

The weather does not look promising today (starting out grey), but I'll take my DSLR and two lenses and hope for a break with good light.

Have a great Monday!___

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